Senator Heitkamp Committee Assignments 111th

BISMARCK, N.D. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced her U.S. Senate Committee assignments for the 115th Congress. Through her roles on five different committees, Heitkamp will keep advocating for policies that support North Dakota families and stand up for rural America.

She will continue to serve on: the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry; U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs; U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs; U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; and U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

“Every single day I come to work in the U.S. Senate, I’m fighting for folks living in rural America. When rural America flourishes, so does the rest of our country,” said Heitkamp. “Through my work on five different committees in the U.S. Senate, I’ve worked toward that goal, and passed bills that have been signed into law that will support first responders, advocate for farmers and ranchers, boost small businesses, and stand up for Native American children, among many other issues. In the coming Congress, I’ll continue to build on many of these successes and make sure that North Dakota has the voice in Congress that it deserves.”

Heitkamp has been working to stand up for working families, small businesses, and rural communities on each of her assigned committees in the U.S. Senate, and will continue to build on her accomplishments in the upcoming Congress:

  • U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry: Heitkamp has been a leader in securing a strong future for North Dakota farmers and ranchers by:

    • Fighting for a strong Farm Bill: Heitkamp helped write and pass the Farm Bill in 2014, and is already looking ahead to fighting for a strong Farm Bill in 2018 by holding a Farm Bill tour last August to get feedback from North Dakota farmers and ranchers.

    • Promoting American agricultural products Cuba: Heitkamp has been working to advance her legislation to ease financial restrictions on U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba and will continue her work to expand U.S. exports to Cuba.

    • Protecting ranchers, rural families from unsafe prescribed burns: Earlier this month, Heitkamp’s bipartisan bill requiring greater collaboration to prevent U.S. Forest Service prescribed burns from becoming out-of-control fires and hurting the property of North Dakota ranchers was signed into law.
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs: Heitkamp has been fighting to support small businesses, consumers, workers, and retirees by:

    • Making sure small businesses, startups have a seat at the table: This month the president signed into law Heitkamp’s bipartisan SEC Small Business Advocate Act that will create an office within the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission to help small businesses and startups advocate for policies that help them grow jobs and their businesses.

    • Replacing unnecessary burdens on farmers, small banks with commonsense rules. Last year, with Heitkamp’s help the Senate passed several bipartisan bills providing regulatory relief for small lenders, including her bipartisan Privacy Notice Modernization Act to eliminate redundant, costly and often ignored annual banking notifications and instead require banks to alert customers only when privacy changes actually occur.

    • Fighting to protect livelihoods of workers, retirees: Heitkamp has been fighting against steep pension cuts to thousands of workers and retirees in North Dakota across the country who have paid into Central States Pension Plan.

    • Providing certainty for American businesses and workers: The U.S. Senate passed Heitkamp’s bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank – an independent federal government agency which has supported $42 million in exports since 2011 in North Dakota alone. She is continuing to work to make sure the Bank can fully function so it can support North Dakota businesses and workers.
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs: Heitkamp has been leading the charge to improve how the federal government operates and fight for efficient, effective solutions for rural communities and small businesses as well as prepare our communities for emergencies and protect them from threats:

    • Preparing first responders to handle hazardous incidents: This month, the president signed into law Heitkamp’s RESPONSE Act to help make sure first responders have the tools they need to respond to potential hazardous incidents, including derailments of crude oil trains, to keep communities strong and safe.

    • Strengthening the Northern Border: This month, Heitkamp’s bipartisan bill to help assess and strengthen American security along the nation’s 5,500-mile long Northern Border was signed into law, which aims to address concerns she has heard from border security personnel in North Dakota, including in Pembina and Portal.

    • Protecting a strong, reliable mail service for rural communities, businesses: Heitkamp introduced legislation to improve mail delivery and service in rural communities, which aims to specifically address concerns she has heard from hundreds of North Dakotans who responded to her Fix My Mail initiative. Heitkamp also brought U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to Bismarck in August.

    • Pushing for better, more effective federal rules: As ranking member of the subcommittee which oversees the federal regulatory process, Heitkamp has led bipartisan efforts to cut red tape and improve the regulatory process through stronger accountability and more transparency. Her bipartisan regulatory reform bills passed in the committee with bipartisan support and she successfully fought against standards that hurt North Dakota agricultural businesses.
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs:

    • Improving the lives of Native children: The president signed into law Heitkamp’s bipartisan bill to stand up for Native American youth and help enable them to thrive by creating a Commission on Native Children.

    • Facing the long-term impacts of trauma, reducing its impact on Native youth: Heitkamp has been working to address the detrimental impact traumatic experiences – events that overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope – can have on tribal communities, particularly among Native children, by hosting a series of educational briefings for members of Congress about the issue and leading the first-ever U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing in North Dakota on the issue.

    • Expanding safe, affordable housing opportunities across Indian Country: After bringing U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro for his first visit to North Dakota in 2014 to view the housing challenges experienced by tribes on the ground, Heitkamp delivered the keynote address during HUD’s first Great Plains regional Indian housing conference in Bismarck in August, which she requested.
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship:

    • Leveling the playing field for small businesses: Heitkamp has supported efforts to level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in North Dakota and across the country by allowing states to decide whether to continue to allow out-of-state internet retailers to conduct transactions without collecting sales tax owed.
    • Building opportunity for rural small businesses, families, and startups: Heitkamp introduced her SEED Act to support startups in North Dakota and other rural states and small cities, by helping them get the early stage funding they need to grow. She also supported a commonsense federal paid family and medical leave policy to help working families care for their loved ones while continuing a strong workforce.

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Below are all current senators and the committees on which they serve.

SenatorCommittees

Alexander, Lamar (R-TN)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on Rules and Administration
Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans

Baldwin, Tammy (D-WI)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Barrasso, John (R-WY)Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Indian Affairs

Bennet, Michael F. (D-CO)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Finance
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Committee on the Judiciary
Special Committee on Aging

Blunt, Roy (R-MO)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Rules and Administration
Joint Committee on the Library
Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform
Select Committee on Intelligence

Booker, Cory A. (D-NJ)Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Committee on the Judiciary

Boozman, John (R-AR)Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Committee on the Budget

Brown, Sherrod (D-OH)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on Finance
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans

Burr, Richard (R-NC)Committee on Finance
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Select Committee on Intelligence
Special Committee on Aging

Cantwell, Maria (D-WA)Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Finance
Committee on Indian Affairs
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Capito, Shelley Moore (R-WV)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Rules and Administration

Cardin, Benjamin L. (D-MD)Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Finance
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Carper, Thomas R. (D-DE)Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Finance
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D-PA)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Finance
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Special Committee on Aging

Cassidy, Bill (R-LA)Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Finance
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Joint Economic Committee

Cochran, Thad (R-MS)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Rules and Administration

Collins, Susan M. (R-ME)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Select Committee on Intelligence
Special Committee on Aging

Coons, Christopher A. (D-DE)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Committee on the Judiciary
Select Committee on Ethics

Corker, Bob (R-TN)Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on the Budget
Special Committee on Aging

Cornyn, John (R-TX)Committee on Finance
Committee on the Judiciary
Select Committee on Intelligence
United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Cortez Masto, Catherine (D-NV)Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Indian Affairs
Committee on Rules and Administration
Special Committee on Aging

Cotton, Tom (R-AR)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on the Budget
Joint Economic Committee
Select Committee on Intelligence

Crapo, Mike (R-ID)Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on Finance
Committee on Indian Affairs
Committee on the Budget
Committee on the Judiciary
Joint Committee on Taxation
Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans

Cruz, Ted (R-TX)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Rules and Administration
Committee on the Judiciary
Joint Economic Committee

Daines, Steve (R-MT)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee on Indian Affairs

Donnelly, Joe (D-IN)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Special Committee on Aging

Duckworth, Tammy (D-IL)Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Durbin, Richard J. (D-IL)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Rules and Administration
Committee on the Judiciary

Enzi, Michael B. (R-WY)Committee on Finance
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Committee on the Budget

Ernst, Joni (R-IA)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Rules and Administration
Committee on the Judiciary
Select Committee on Intelligence
United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Fischer, Deb (R-NE)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Rules and Administration
Special Committee on Aging

Flake, Jeff (R-AZ)Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on the Judiciary
Special Committee on Aging

Gardner, Cory (R-CO)Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on the Budget

Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (D-NY)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Special Committee on Aging

Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Armed Services
Committee on the Budget
Committee on the Judiciary

Grassley, Chuck (R-IA)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Finance
Committee on the Budget
Committee on the Judiciary
Joint Committee on Taxation
United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Harris, Kamala D. (D-CA)Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee on the Budget
Committee on the Judiciary
Select Committee on Intelligence

Hassan, Margaret Wood (D-NH)Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Joint Economic Committee

Hatch, Orrin G. (R-UT)Committee on Finance
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on the Judiciary
Joint Committee on Taxation
Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans
Special Committee on Aging

Heinrich, Martin (D-NM)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Joint Economic Committee
Select Committee on Intelligence

Heitkamp, Heidi (D-ND)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee on Indian Affairs
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans
United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Heller, Dean (R-NV)Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Finance
Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Hirono, Mazie K. (D-HI)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Committee on the Judiciary
Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

Hoeven, John (R-ND)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee on Indian Affairs

Inhofe, James M. (R-OK)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)Committee on Finance
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Select Committee on Ethics

Johnson, Ron (R-WI)Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee on the Budget

Jones, Doug (D-AL)Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Special Committee on Aging

Kaine, Tim (D-VA)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on the Budget

Kennedy, John (R-LA)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Committee on the Budget
Committee on the Judiciary

King, Angus S., Jr. (I-ME)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Rules and Administration
Committee on the Budget
Select Committee on Intelligence

Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Rules and Administration
Committee on the Judiciary
Joint Committee on Printing
Joint Committee on the Library
Joint Economic Committee

Lankford, James (R-OK)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee on Indian Affairs
Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform
Select Committee on Intelligence

Leahy, Patrick J. (D-VT)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Rules and Administration
Committee on the Judiciary
Joint Committee on the Library

Lee, Mike (R-UT)Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on the Judiciary
Joint Economic Committee

Manchin, Joe, III (D-WV)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans
Select Committee on Intelligence

Markey, Edward J. (D-MA)Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

McCain, John (R-AZ)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee on Indian Affairs
Select Committee on Intelligence

McCaskill, Claire (D-MO)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Finance
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Rules and Administration
Select Committee on Intelligence

Menendez, Robert (D-NJ)Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on Finance
Committee on Foreign Relations

Merkley, Jeff (D-OR)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on the Budget

Moran, Jerry (R-KS)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Indian Affairs
Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on Indian Affairs

Murphy, Christopher (D-CT)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Murray, Patty (D-WA)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Committee on the Budget

Nelson, Bill (D-FL)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Finance
Special Committee on Aging

Paul, Rand (R-KY)Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Perdue, David (R-GA)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Committee on the Budget
Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

Peters, Gary C. (D-MI)Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Joint Economic Committee

Portman, Rob (R-OH)Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Finance
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Joint Economic Committee
Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans

Reed, Jack (D-RI)Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Select Committee on Intelligence

Risch, James E. (R-ID)Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Select Committee on Ethics
Select Committee on Intelligence
United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Roberts, Pat (R-KS)Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Finance
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee on Rules and Administration
Joint Committee on Printing
Joint Committee on the Library
Select Committee on Ethics

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